A creative adventure to renew a love for handwritten sentiments with snail mail and mail art. *sprinkled with random moments of live being lived*

Thank you for the kind words and support. I am currently not looking for new pen pals.

Letters to Love By

Calling all locals (soon to travelers to SF), my favorite book store #GreenAppleBooks is opening up another location on the other side of Golden Gate Park! Go visit @booksonthepark tomorrow starting at 10a. Support the locals! I hope they have an amazing stationery section. And who knows, could be a potential letter social site! 😉
#localsf #keepbookstoresalive #greenapplebooks #booksonthepark #bookstore #grandopening

Calling all locals (soon to travelers to SF), my favorite book store #GreenAppleBooks is opening up another location on the other side of Golden Gate Park! Go visit @booksonthepark tomorrow starting at 10a. Support the locals! I hope they have an amazing stationery section. And who knows, could be a potential letter social site! 😉
#localsf #keepbookstoresalive #greenapplebooks #booksonthepark #bookstore #grandopening

This was a labor of love from about 3 years ago, we’ve grown and expanded since. 😉 My creative soulmate, @nancyfancies (finally sharing her talent on Instagram!), made this gorgeous dress. But somehow convinced me I needed to help her make nearly 1000 of those layered flowers too. I was crazy to help, but we haven’t been separated in artsy fartsy endeavors since. She’s the designer behind this GORGEOUS dress made out of envelope liners and invitations. I made her the pinwheel/flower sash that draped the beauty. Like I said, my creative soulmate. I ❤️you, Fancy,
#paperaddict #signaturewrap 
#paperflowers #papercouture #handmade #creativeinspirations #creative

This was a labor of love from about 3 years ago, we’ve grown and expanded since. 😉 My creative soulmate, @nancyfancies (finally sharing her talent on Instagram!), made this gorgeous dress. But somehow convinced me I needed to help her make nearly 1000 of those layered flowers too. I was crazy to help, but we haven’t been separated in artsy fartsy endeavors since. She’s the designer behind this GORGEOUS dress made out of envelope liners and invitations. I made her the pinwheel/flower sash that draped the beauty. Like I said, my creative soulmate. I ❤️you, Fancy,
#paperaddict #signaturewrap
#paperflowers #papercouture #handmade #creativeinspirations #creative

Outgoing to @geekypalegirl! (Sorry for the delay, Vishy ate his note to you and we had to redo it!)
#outgoing #showandmail #snailmailrocks #handwrittenletters #happymail #sendmoreletters #sentimentalcircus #penpals

Outgoing to @geekypalegirl! (Sorry for the delay, Vishy ate his note to you and we had to redo it!)
#outgoing #showandmail #snailmailrocks #handwrittenletters #happymail #sendmoreletters #sentimentalcircus #penpals

After nearly 6 years of teaching people how to wrap gifts, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve.

This is my first official swap project from Instagram. The theme is to send your partner a kit of supplies to make happy mail. Then in a final swap, you write each other from your kits. The fun is packaging how your parcel gets there.

My partner is in Spain, I get to add another flag to my roster and I can’t wait for her to get this!

Dossier Challenge Update: Mission 017 is on to its 3rd pen pal! @chaknitty is taking fate into her own hands and started a roster. Her 2nd pen pal just checked in. So far, I know 10 out of 20 Missions have traveled on to their 3rd destination. I’m literally giddy with excitement. Anyone else care to update?!
#dossierchallenge #letterstoloveby #penpalchallenge #mission17 #penpals #travelingjournal #snailmailrevolution #snailmail

Dossier Challenge Update: Mission 017 is on to its 3rd pen pal! @chaknitty is taking fate into her own hands and started a roster. Her 2nd pen pal just checked in. So far, I know 10 out of 20 Missions have traveled on to their 3rd destination. I’m literally giddy with excitement. Anyone else care to update?!
#dossierchallenge #letterstoloveby #penpalchallenge #mission17 #penpals #travelingjournal #snailmailrevolution #snailmail

Incoming from @brightparlor! I love how bright your envelopes are, ever so cheerful! I need to step up my game.

Incoming from @brightparlor! I love how bright your envelopes are, ever so cheerful! I need to step up my game.

My vintage typewriter is a little heavy on the paper, so I got a smaller portable one tonight. Of course, I had to play with it right away and wrote two letters. The characters move on some lines, but I like the whimsy and randomness of it, makes the letters more endearing. Yep, pretty happy with my $10 typewriter. ☺️
I found the typewriter on Craigslist, it is a lighter portable electronic typewriter. I find that the electronic ones is easier on paper and it doesn’t strike as hard as my Vintage Smith Corona. You can also find them second hand on Ebay for under $50. Or simply scour Craigslist enough, you’ll find something.

My vintage typewriter is a little heavy on the paper, so I got a smaller portable one tonight. Of course, I had to play with it right away and wrote two letters. The characters move on some lines, but I like the whimsy and randomness of it, makes the letters more endearing. Yep, pretty happy with my $10 typewriter. ☺️

I found the typewriter on Craigslist, it is a lighter portable electronic typewriter. I find that the electronic ones is easier on paper and it doesn’t strike as hard as my Vintage Smith Corona. You can also find them second hand on Ebay for under $50. Or simply scour Craigslist enough, you’ll find something.

Fresh cut watermelon for hot summer days! What better way to celebrate the season than with these juicy notes?

When Pinterest projects go right!

Fresh cut watermelon for hot summer days! What better way to celebrate the season than with these juicy notes?

When Pinterest projects go right!

snailorwriter:

Incoming: Jacquelyne from San Francisco CA! Her letters are always soooo artistically done. It’s really beautiful. Although it took me a while to figure out that I was supposed to unstick the San Fran sticker for the entire thing to fold out. Also Bee stickers!! I can’t wait to use them. She’s so thoughtful. 

Taking a note from one of my other pen pals who used a 12x12 scrapbook page to write a letter and folded it as an envelope - origami style. I tied this up with twine, and crossed my fingers it would get to snailorwriter.

lol, I should have included directions to unfold it, but it made it!!! I will be doing this again. I hope this letter matches snailorwriter usual witty letters. And I include a preview of “S” for you. *wink*

Daniel Nickerson Birthday Cards - YouTube

Earlier this week, I posted this as a call to duty to all snail mail fairies to did what we do best and send some love to Danny.

Today is his birthday, and he received over 100k pieces of mail from all over the world.

Watch the local news broadcast, and I dare you to not cry just a little.

deardetective:

hi everyone,

my partner max is having top surgery on august 7th! this is super exciting and has been in the works for a long time. this procedure costs $8,000 and is not covered by insurance. the great news is that we have worked out the cost of surgery itself! however, there are some unforeseen expenses that have presented themselves this week - pathology and after-care costs that we didn’t realize weren’t built into that figure.

to help defer those costs, i am having a mail art benefit for max!

for a donation of $10, you’ll recieve an original mail art postcard handmade by me & sent to you first-class with all of our love & gratitude! each one will be unique & a surprise!

you can see some of my work here:
www.facebook.com/ohdeardetective www.instagram.com/deardetective
www.deardetective.com

donations can be made to allison at petroldarling (at) gmail.com. be sure to include your current mailing address so i can send your card!

this will be ongoing for the next week, but donations before august 7th are especially helpful.

because these postcards are original artwork, there will be a queue to finish them. this means it could take a little while to complete & mail your postcard - generally, i tend to finish 2-3 pieces in a given week. an email will be sent to your paypal address when your card is being mailed so you’ll know to keep an eye on your mailbox!

if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! that’s us in the photo above after max’s pre-op appointment today!

thank you for all the love, friendship & support you’ve offered — it means the world to us!

xoxo,
allison & max

Go, Do IT!

bookpatrol:

For Members Only: Library debuts in London

The latest foray in London’s busy members only club scene is Library, a book-centered destination with all the usual amenities plus a whole lot more.

It also offers a  boutique hotel on the premises and ”The Kitchen” which will feature rotating menus influenced by the latest cookbooks and will even have the author/chef  occasionally come in and cook. Then there is “Room Seven” with its floor to ceiling bookshelves which will showcase a collection of reading material chosen by select current authors. 

Forbes recently spoke with Ronald Ndoro, the man behind the concept who says one of the main draws of Library will be “the impressive roster of events lined up for members including book readings, live music and literary seminars. Art consultants Tani Burns and Andrew Hancock will curate a revolving series of exhibitions and 19 Greek Street, the design agency who oversaw the interiors of the club, will host dinners for the design community.”

And on what makes the Library different he says, “Obviously the fact that we double as a boutique hotel helps us to stand out. And of course our extensive collection of books. Members can come to read, to work, for a massage, for the gym, for a meal or to sleep!”

Sooo sexy.

(via aintrichel)

A Paper Addict’s drug of choice? Crafting and paper delivered to my door. @studio_calico #mysckitishere #projectlife #paperaddict #crafting #penpalgoodies #letterpress #studiocalico

A Paper Addict’s drug of choice? Crafting and paper delivered to my door. @studio_calico #mysckitishere #projectlife #paperaddict #crafting #penpalgoodies #letterpress #studiocalico

Calling all Snail Mail Fairies! Meet Danny Nickerson, a budding snail mail enthusiast!

He has a birthday wish to receive a mailbox full of happy mail! Let’s do what we do best, take a moment and create something wonderful to grant a wish. Share with Danny what we love to do so he can share many more birthdays filled with happy mail!

Renegade Craft Fair - Part Deux: Acquired! I was so giddy writing letters, I didn’t realized these we’re on sale.
#renegadesf #renegadecraftfair #lwasocial #letterwritersalliance #stamps #snailmailmusthaves #snailmailrevolution #penpalgoodies #penpals

Renegade Craft Fair - Part Deux: Acquired! I was so giddy writing letters, I didn’t realized these we’re on sale.
#renegadesf #renegadecraftfair #lwasocial #letterwritersalliance #stamps #snailmailmusthaves #snailmailrevolution #penpalgoodies #penpals

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